Jul 12, 2011 8:00pm EDT
-o-t-w-i-r-e... ♪ hotwire.com >>> international news today. when the half-brother of the president of afghanistan was shot dead. joining us now is the former u.n. officer with three decades of experience in afghanistan. he joins us from geneva via skype. thank you for being with us. tell me about this brother that was assassinated today. >> well, it's really quite remarkable news because he was sort of the linchpin around which they -- the whole security and political system inside of afghanistan has been built. he was an absolutely pivotal figure. >> i understand he was allegedly working for the cia and he was also, from what i hear, one of the big drug players in the country as well. is that accurate? >> even when people are described as working for the cia, i think what it means is agencies like the cia, when they wanted anything done in kandahar, they knew the person they had to go to for it was karzai. >> doesn't that indicate the level of the problem in afghanistan. that you don't go to the government. you go to the bit players in the region. or bit players overall. but they rule their area. >> yes,
Jul 21, 2011 5:00pm PDT
on our hands with afghanistan, the debt ceiling, joblessness, and all of that. we can't help but notice a school yard scuffle on the floor of congress. on one side, debbie wasserman schultz, the chairman of the democratic national committee, never met a sound bite she didn't like. and on the other side, alan west, republican from florida's second district, a tea party favorite and no stranger to controversy. they're practically neighbors, right. it started when representative schultz lobbed something over the backyard fence. take a listen. >> incredulously, the gentleman from florida, who represents thousands of medicare beneficiaries, as do i, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for medicare beneficiaries, unbelievable from a member from south florida. >> well, neighbor west took huge offense at this. he fired back an e-mail to her personal e-mail, i might note, and he said, i quote, "you are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the house of representatives." wow, that tells you something, especially considering how many might qualify for that title.